University housing in Italy
Sleeping in unused college dorms can be a great way to stay and save in Italy
From sometime in late May or early June, when students head home for the summer, through the end of August and even into September, universities across Italy open their dorms up to travelers. In some cases, you can get even rooms during school breaks and weekends as well—and, if enrollment is down, they'll rent empty dorms out year-round.
Rates vary, from around $20 per person in a dorm to $26 to $110 for a private double—but can also run as little as $150 per week. What's more, folks under 26 often pay even less (presumably because young 'uns will just blend in, so the administrators don't have to bother explaining what a bunch of old fogies are doing living on campus).
So brush up your partying skills, dust off those dim memories of the lyrics to Louie Louie, and get ready to share the bathrooms—it's time to go back to college.
How to find university dorms for travelers in Italy
- Milan: Residenza Universitaria Bassini (en.milan.university-rooms.com) - Two-night minimum.
Rates: Single from €33.
- Lake Como: Residenza Universitaria Santa Teresa (en.como.university-rooms.com) - Two-night minimum.
Rates: Doubles from €56.
- Urbino: Collegio del Colle, Collegio Aquilone, and Collegio Serpentine (en.urbino.university-rooms.com)
Rates: Singles from €16.
- Sadly, there's no official Website, buy you can get a list of student housing in dozens of Italian cities—including biggies like Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, and Palermo—by sending a letter asking for the "Guide for Foreign Students" to:
The Italian Ministry of Education
00153 Rome, Italy
This material was last updated December 2010. All information was accurate at the time.
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